Joined July 2007
Weight History

Start Weight
204.0 lb
Lost so far: 44.8 lb

Current Weight
159.2 lb
Performance: losing 0.7 lb a week

Goal Weight
150.0 lb
Still to go: 9.2 lb
I'm a counsellor who works in the social service sector. I usually can get behind a diet if I believe in the philosophy of why I'm dieting. I used to be 165 lbs for most of my early 20's. Then as I transitioned into my 30's I found myself growing heavier until I ended up at 190 lbs. I know I need to tone, however I decided to create my own diet that didn't involve any exercise and which I could lose weight at. I stuck to the diet for 3 months and lost 30 lbs. I'm planning on going back on my secret diet again.

jakes's Weight History

jakes's Latest Member Challenges

  Cardiovascular Increase
status: Completed
ended: 14 Nov 11
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  Lose 12lbs for 2012
status: Completed
ended: 30 Dec 11
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last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: gaining 3.2 lb a week Up

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cals: 118kcal | fat: 4.69g | carbs: 17.86g | prot: 2.88g
Cinnamon Toast
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Ok! I admit I need a buddy...
Ok! Ok! I admit now that I need a buddy. I thought I could do this on my own and try to engage people by writing stuff in response to their posts...BUT...the reality is that I need support too.

Maybe it's because I felt a bit over-confident or maybe because I've lost weight before...but right now I don't seem to have the same willpower as before.

I need a buddy who will write me often. Checkup on how I'm doing and be honest about themselves. I'm looking for a person who can maintain confidentiality because I may write stuff that is private.

I also think it should be somebody who is around my weight range (170-180 lbs) and wants to reach a weight goal of 140-165 lbs, because I have a competitive nature and will strive to work harder. It would also be nice if they were born in the 70's or 80's because then we might be able to relate our life experiences.

I usually check on here once a week or once every few weeks.

Please send me a note if you're interested.

Jake Smile
posted 13 Sep 2007, 18:41
I was just reviewing a few of the profiles on this site. I'm pretty amazed and impressed at the number of people who are reaching their goals, and then reading about how that made them feel. I'm also impressed by the ups and downs that people share as they talk about their lives. This is much more than a diet site, its a community of people who are sharing their lives with each other.

Maybe the site should be changed to "healthyliving" rather than "fatsecret". I'd much prefer that.
posted 08 Sep 2007, 14:44
Plateaus Blow! How to Ride it Out?
That eeeeevil scale must be punished.
posted 08 Sep 2007, 12:20
stomach flatteners
Check out the following thread:

posted 08 Sep 2007, 12:15
BiPolar and Weight Gain
Unfortunately the medical community too often focuses its attention on researching and promoting the use of anti-depressants and medication as a method to alleviate depression, stress and anxiety disorders. My friend is a pharmaceutical company rep and he explained that doctors can be influenced by drug companies to promote certain products. He explained that it is a well known fact in his industry that companies that have deep pockets find ways to reward doctors who promote their products.

As an example, I've personally been prescribed anti-depressants when I started having sleep problems, something the doctor decided in a 15 minute interview without completing anything close to a mental status exam. In fact I could have easily faked the symptoms to receive the prescription. This type of "care" by our medical community is highly unethical and can do more harm in the long run.

Unfortunately this is because our mental health professionals in the medical system rely heavily on the DSM-IV, and as a result you could be diagnosed with multiple problems depending on the psychiatrist or family physician you see. It's all very subjective and in many documented cases patients end up with conflicting information and diagnosis.

My recommendation is to find a competent and experienced psychiatrist who doesn't take the DSM or his own opinion too seriously, and who instead focuses on finding the root cause of your stress or depression, and is more interested in improving your quality of life.

I'm by no means advocating that you stop your medication. God forbid! That would most likely cause serious problems and would be unethical for me to suggest. I'm not your physician and nor do I claim to have expert knowledge. So please keep taking your medication.

However, I do believe that many doctors are not as invested in using a more holistic and humanistic approach to helping their patients. By this I mean that many of them could do more by prescribing exercise, therapy, and social activities to help promote positive and satisfying life experiences which in themselves provide the necessary second part of the cure for the depressive state (eg. the medication is the first part).

These positive experiences can help improve your level of satisfaction and happiness. Other 'by products' of those activities could include more energy, better health, weight loss, emotional stability, etc. etc.

In academia this area (which is fairly new) is called positive psychology.

For a brief outline of this area of psychology just use google or check out:


posted 08 Sep 2007, 12:08
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